The Namibian passport is currently ranked 66th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 77 countries. This gives it an overall medium-low mobility score. Namibian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Malaysia, Rwanda, and Singapore. Namibian nationals require a visa to enter about 152 destinations in the world. This high visa requirement is the reason the passport raking is low on the overall worldwide mobility score. Some of the destinations for which a prior visa is required are the United States, the European Union and China. Visa applicants need to present documents such as proof of funds and return flight ticket.
The Namibia passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Namibia passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Namibia passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 50 Namibia passport visa-free countries, 26 Namibia visa-on-arrival countries, and 1 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Namibia passport holders can enter a total of 77 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Namibia passport ranks 66 in the world.
Separate from these Namibia visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 152 additional destinations which Namibia passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The Republic of Namibia is a former German colony consisting of 14 regions. The nation is located in Southern Africa, bordering Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. The most important regions are Khomas, Ohagwena, and Omusati. Namibia has a surface area of 825,615 square kilometers. This makes it the 15th largest country in Africa. Its climate is generally of the desert type with sparse rainfall. Its terrain is characterized by highlands and plateaus with deserts along the coast.
Namibia has an overall population of 2.5 million people. The capital of the nation is Windhoek, which is also the most populous city. Other major towns are Rundu, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The largest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), with 1.5 million yearly passengers. It is named after a founding member of Namibia’s first nationalist party: Hosea Komombumbi Kutako. The airport has flight connections to Africa, Germany and the Middle East.
The Namibian culture is influenced by tribal traditions and former German rule. The main religion is Christianity. The official language is English although there are 13 other recognized national languages as well. The legal system is a mix between the civil and customary law. The government type is a presidential republic. The chief of state and the head of government is elected President Hage Geingob. The elections take place every 5 years.
The official currency of the country is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) with the current exchange rate being NAD 16.82 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $27.5 billion. Its citizens have an income of $11,516 per capita. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are industry and services. The main GDP contributing factors are diamond mining, uranium extraction and lead. Namibia is the largest uranium producer in the world. Most trade is conducted with the neighboring South Africa.
Namibia has a variety of tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its vast wildlife and national parks. Activities such as hiking, trekking, four-wheel driving trails and cultural experiences are very popular. It has two UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the major destinations include the Etosha National Park, the Fish River Canyon, Sossuvlei, Cape Cross and Swakopmund. The nation has a total of over 1 million tourists visiting every year, originating mostly from Angola, South Africa and Germany.